African Americans have a very rich history in the state of Arkansas. Through many ups and downs, we helped to build, discover and cultivate our own unique culture throughout the state, especially in the delta region. We have achieved a lot and continue to prosper as much as possible in the old south. In spite of all the gains that had been achieved during the earlier civil rights era, clearly, the burden of the state’s long history of racism and discrimination continues to weigh upon the present. Before it can honestly be said that the African-American people of Arkansas are “free at last” of this legacy, much still remains to be done.
Here is an article on the history of African Americans in Arkansas, it's brief but accurate and precise.